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Eating contests and Eating challenges around Kona & Denver

How Did He Do?

The first season of Travel Channel's Man v. Food is complete. The host Adam Richman went to 18 cities (the map shows them. Here's a Google Map). He did 18 food challenges. His record: 11 and 7. He handles heat really well: he was 5 for 5 on heat challenges (Pittsburgh, New York, Portland, LA, San Jose). But at the other end of the spectrum, he did just one cold challenge (milkshakes at Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis) and he did not complete it. Mexican food challenges (Austin and Denver) he was 0 for 2. The oyster challenge he completed. Steak and tube steaks, yes. Burgers, no. Sandwiches, yes. Pizza, no. Of the 18 he tried, I've tried two. I am 0-2, he was 1-1.


My First Time

Coming up on Sunday, I will take a shot at my first burger challenge. Here's the poop on the burger:

With 3lbs of ground beef, a pound and a half bun, 8 slices of cheese, 1/2 a tomato, 1/2 an onion, 1/2 a head of lettuce, 1/2 cup of pickles and of course 12oz of fries it is sure to satisfy even the hungriest. Although this burger can be split by at least 6 and still satisfy the brave might choose to compete in the burger challenge. If you Eat ALL of it yourself (includes fries) you will be placed on the wall of fame, get a certificate of completion and of course we will by your burger! There is a 1 hour time limit.

They unveiled it in March, and as of now nobody has finished it..


Take It All In

This was from the 2007 Nathan's qualifier in 2007. This was one of the more fun events because there was a scale next to the stage and as we were called up everyone stepped on the scale to get weighed. And after we ate, we got weighed as we left the stage. Bertoletti, the winner that day, gained like 13 or 14 pounds. Dang! I ate just over 1/4th of him, and I pulled like 6 pounds. Mike Castellano expertly played my post-weight by quipping about there being a pound or so of hair on my back. He was probably not too far off! Shout out to Mike - easily the best IFOCE emcee..

More photos. And the full write up of my 2007 Las Vegas qualifier.

And To Be Fair...



You Know What



Man v. Food in Denver - Part 3

Finally, here is the third part of Man v. Food in Denver.

This is the challenge at Jack-n-Grill. It's the 7 pound breakfast burrito and it is delicious!

I tried this in early 2008. See & read about it here.


Lookit Meeeeeee!!

Doggies! I had to put this up...


Man v. Food in Denver - Part 2

Here is the second part of Man v. Food in Denver.

In this segment is The Buckhorn Exchange. It's the oldest restaurant in Denver and it holds liquor license #1. It's expensive...

Next up, Part 3 of Man v. Food in Denver..


Man v. Food in Denver - Part 1

I have uploaded the first part of Man v. Food in Denver.

Featured here is Duffy's Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek. For years it is always rated near the top of any best burger in Denver ratings. I do not know why. I base that on our lone visit to the place in 1996 or 1997. Maybe that was due to all the cigarette smoke. With the smoking ban in most public places in Colorado, we'll go back soon and try it again...

Coming soon, Part 2 of Man v. Food in Denver..


A Rose by Any Other Name

I have uploaded the segment from Guy's Big Bite on the Food Network in which two guys eat shrimp against Juliet Lee. Watch it here...

You Can't Do It

There are many things you CAN call me. But you cannot call me the best ball eater in Denver/Boulder/Nederland area in Colorado. Maybe the SECOND best ball eater, but not THE best. Here is an example of an eating contest maybe you don't want to win.

The rocky mountain oyster eating contest was the final event in the 2009 Frozen Dead Guys Day festival in Nederland. It was held at the First Street Pub & Grill in wonderful downtown Nederland.

The stage was set.

There were 8 contestants. Two qualifying heats of four eaters. The top 2 from each heat moved to the finals where the prizes would be decided: $100 for 1st, $50 second, and $25 third. And whoever was in 4th could finish his oysters.

1st heat.
The guy in the lower left is the 2-time defending champion. The next guy is an Australian journalist. He puked.
The crowd watches.

This guy was 2nd in the heat. He could easily be a younger mohawkless Pat Bertoletti. The defending champion took 1st in the heat.

The format of the contest was first-and-second-to-finish their 1/2 pound moved on. Then in the finals it was 1/2 pound again. I think these were the first contests that I've been in that were not timed events. They had 20 pounds of rocky mountain oysters prepared, so I would have preferred 1/2 pound in the heats, but then a full pound in the finals.

I was in the 2nd heat.
The guy next to me puked. The dude in the red would win the heat, and win the finals. In the finals he finished maybe 1/2 strip before me. The defending champion was 3rd, and Pat Bertoletti guy stopped eating after maybe 1 strip (maybe the Pat Bertoletti comparison stops here). I don't have timings, but I think it took a few minutes - maybe 3 - to down the 1/2 pound.

Here is my plate in the finals. 1/2 pound, 6 strips or so.
They were not fried, but breaded and baked. So they were surprisingly delicious and low calorie too. The oysters I ate a while ago were definitely fried, and a little bigger. And these - maybe due to not being fried, and not having cocktail sauce and lemon - were more pungent. A bit more iron-y tasting. And mushier testicular meat. A very tough thing to describe. And definitely not a pleasant texture to masticate. If you've ever eaten a severely freezer-burned Boca Burger that been warmed on a Foreman Grill then you can get an idea of the texture. It was mushy, but tough too. You had to chew. It was weird.

Show me the money.

On the way back, my sweet momma-in-law and I stopped for some soft serve at Dairy Queen. We took her newish car.

Before we stopped for cones, we were pulled over by one of the guys who serve and protect us. Something about doing 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. But a 2009 Audi S5 which has 8 Vs and 354 or so horses under the hood has a hard time going 35. Also it did not hurt one bit that she turned up her sweetness level. Or that she mentioned we were on the way back from Nederland were I was in a rocky mountain oyster eating contest. Or that the cop brought up how he loves Man v. Food on the Travel Channel. He took her license and registration, and came back 10 seconds later. "You have a real nice car, and it's a real nice day, but slow it down". A warning. I bet he totally dug a 77-year-old lady driving a car like that, shuttling around a skinny competitive eater who just ate rocky mountain oysters in Nederland. Thanks, Mr. Policeman.

To bring it back to the eating contest:

1st - Nick
2nd - Me
3rd - Ray
4th - Jacob

See you next year, Nederland!

Rocky Mtn Oysters

Here is a clip of me eating chicken strips to prepare for the rocky mountain oyster eating contest this weekend. And the big payoff is at the end of the video...

Man v. Food in San Jose

When Man v. Food announced the were going to San Jose, you knew they had to call in the big guns ... Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. Here's the segment...


Testicular mastication this weekend. Looks good, yes!